France: Life Sciences 2017

Our research identifies 37 leading lawyers practising in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, including handling matters relating to both patent and patent litigation. Below we highlight the most highly regarded in the field. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Laëtitia Bénard Allen & Overy, Paris
2. Paule M Drouault-Gardrat PDG Avocats, Paris
3. Sabine Agé Véron & Associés, Paris
4. Alain Gorny SEA Avocats, Paris
5. Jacques-Antoine Robert Simmons & Simmons, Paris

ALLEN & OVERY earns global recognition for its work in this sector, advising domestic and cross border companies on the full range of IP related contentious and non-contentious matters. Three of its attorneys are listed.
Laëtitia Bénard is described by clients as the “star for life sciences patents” in France. She focuses on all areas of intellectual property law and she is well known for her patents and regulatory expertise in particular.
David Por wins praise for his high-level IP litigation practice which focuses on complex disputes, particularly those relating to life science patents.  
Eveline Van Keymeulen “should definitely be listed as a recommended regulatory life sciences lawyer” according to sources, as “she is very good and always a pleasure to work with”.

DENTONS also stands out in our research with three listings. The team is widely recognised for its excellent work for major pharmaceutical companies in this space.
Pascale Poupelin is “very well known” in the market, with sources particularly identifying his skill in litigation and his expertise relating to regulatory issues as key strengths.
François Vignaud is widely praised by clients across the healthcare sector for his experience handling complex international matters. 
Anne-Laure Marcerou has a “prestigious reputation in this field”, according to interviewees. She impresses with her expertise of regulatory and commercial issues pertaining to the healthcare industry.

HOGAN LOVELLS boasts three excellent practitioners who work across all aspects of the life sciences industry.
Cécile Derycke “has a very reputed practice” covering life sciences disputes. She receives praise from commentators for being “a very skilled expert in pharmaceuticals”.
Thomas Rouhette is described asone of the top lawyers in France”. Interviewees laud him as an “excellent practitioner” with “a seasoned, wide and diverse practice”, calling him “an established leader in Europe” for his work in the life sciences sector.
Mikael Salmela receives widespread recognition for his knowledge and experience in the sector. His practice features an emphasis on expertise relating to strategic agreements and regulatory matters.

From AUGUST & DEBOUZY Grégoire Desrousseaux is admired throughout Europe for his high-level work in patent litigation pertaining to the life science industry.
François Pochart is recommended by domestic and foreign sources for his expertise in patent opposition proceedings, litigation and regulatory issues.

Jacques-Antoine Robert from SIMMONS & SIMMONS features high up in our research, nominated by multiple respondents for his work in the life science product liability and regulatory space. He is described as “a great person and lawyer who is very experienced in cross-border matters”.
Alexandre Regniault has a “very reputed practice” in the life sciences sector. He primarily handles contentious issues and is recognised widely for the quality of his representations.  

Mélanie Thill-Tayara at DECHERT is praised for her expertise in competition matters affecting the life sciences sector, as well as her skills as a litigator.  

From REED SMITH Marina Cousté is described by nominators as “one of the major figures in life science patents” in France. She handles national, pan-European and international life sciences IP matters, particularly for pharmaceutical companies.  

From BIRD & BIRD, Yves Bizollon wins praise for his IP litigation practice. He has been involved in some of the most noteworthy recent cross-border cases in the pharmaceutical and life sciences fields.

The “excellent” Paule Drouault-Gardrat of PDG AVOCATS is highlighted as one of the top regulatory practitioners in France. Thanks to her background as a pharmacist, she is able to offer clients deep understanding of the intricacies of life sciences issues.

Sabine Agé at VÉRON & ASSOCIÉS draws widespread plaudits for her experience and skill in patent matters affecting the life sciences sector. Our research identifies her as one of the top lawyers in France in the area.

Alain Gorny of SEA AVOCATS has a “well-known practice”, according to peers. He has “deep experience in product liability and deep knowledge of the life sciences sector”.

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